Students’ Learning Experience of a Pharmacy Curriculum Designed for Active Learning During the Pandemic, and Their Learning Expectation Post-pandemic

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Students’ perceived effectiveness of remote online learning experienced during the pandemic, and their learning expectation post-pandemic were unknown. This study aimed to investigate students’ perception of the effectiveness of online teaching and learning activities developed for active learning and pharmacy professional skills development, and the feasibility of online assessments. A cross-sectional online survey involving second-year pharmacy students of Monash Malaysia (MA) and Monash Parkville Australia (PA) campuses was conducted. The survey consisted of 15 Likert-scale multiple-choice questions and an open-ended question. Results were analysed statistically. Students at both MA and PA campuses were satisfied with the remote online learning experienced during the pandemic but indicated a preference for a blended learning approach. Students at the MA campus felt that on-campus face-to-face classes were more engaging and advantageous for their learning and skill development (P<0.05), and on-campus assessments allowed them to engage and perform better (P<0.05) compared with students at the PA campus who felt neutral or disagreed. Both cohort of students were happy with some of the lectures to be conducted online either synchronously or asynchronously. Differences in cultures, and learning behaviour and preference may influence learners’ perceptions and expectations of online learning. In summary, this study suggests that blended learning involving both online and face-to-face interactive activities may promote engagement, satisfaction and outcomes of culturally diverse learner populations post-pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventAsian Conference on Education 2023 - Toshi Center Hotel and online (hybrid), Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 22 Nov 202325 Nov 2023
Conference number: 15th


ConferenceAsian Conference on Education 2023
Abbreviated titleACE2023
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